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Damned by doublespeak

Updated 18 Jul 2014
From mission statements, to political revelations, nothing is what it seems, writes Steve Woods.

The evolution of English: From the 17th century to the present day

Updated 19 Jun 2014
Part two: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English from the 17th century to...

The evolution of English: From Romans to Shakespeare

Updated 19 Jun 2014
Part one: The history of colonialism was a major factor in the development of English. Follow the global spread of English starting with the Roman...

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Beginners' Chinese

Beginners' Chinese
Introductory level Duration Updated 31 Mar 2014
This unit is a language unit that concentrates on Mandarin Chinese as a tool for communication, but also provides some insights into Chinese...

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh

Croeso: Beginners' Welsh
Introductory level Duration Updated 10 Dec 2013
This unit is taken from Croeso, a beginners’ language course that concentrates on Welsh as a tool for communication, but it also provides some...

Finding Information in Modern Languages

Finding Information in Modern Languages
Introductory level Duration Updated 26 Nov 2013
This unit will help you to identify and use information in Modern Languages, whether for your work, study or personal purposes. Experiment with...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

Duration Updated 29 Jul 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...